Common Core Aligned: Southern Poverty Law Ctr’s ‘Teaching Tolerance’

CommonCoreAligned“…to create just these kinds of tests—next-generation assessments aligned to the common core. When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching.”
Bill Gates, 2009 Speech To Natl. Conf. of State Legislatures

The goal is to align everything so that students and the money have nowhere to go but Common Core.

This is only part one. There will be multiple editions of Common Core Aligned covering the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance”.

For-profit app creators, textbook publishers and technology moguls like Bill Gates are not the only ones aligning everything in sight to the Common Core.

Now social issues are being aligned as well, courtesy of “Teaching Tolerance” via the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The same SPLC whose “hate map” was used by Floyd Corkins to attempt a mass shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters. The same SPLC who called parents questioning or opposing Common Core “extremists“.

That’s right, little Johnny and Susie can be given arguably skewed lessons on racial justice, social justice, feminism, LGBT, bullying, immigration and how to be an activist based on materials this outfit provides — beginning in Kindergarten.  All of this can happen without your consent or knowledge.

Today, we’ll look at the basics of what “Teaching Tolerance” is about.

The Mission” from the SPLC site itself:

“We know we won’t achieve equality and justice through the courts and investigative reporting alone. The future of our great country lies in the hands of today’s young people.

That’s why we aim to put our legal work and Intelligence Project out of business: We’re reaching into schools across the nation with lessons to counter the bigotry and extremism that children hear in the media and even from people who are supposed to be role models. The SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance program works through educators to nurture a new generation that is more accepting of difference and more engaged in social justice than those that preceded it. We want kids to get along with each other and, just as important, see themselves as global citizens in a diverse society with the capacity to work together for a fairer world.” (Also See the section, “About Us” for more, including UNESCO ties.)

That description seems a bit… lacking.

Let’s try the profile at Discover the Networks, emphasis and links added:

Teaching Tolerance”

One of SPLC’s most highly touted initiatives is its Teaching Tolerance program, which works to “foster school environments that are inclusive and nurturing,” and to help teachers “prepare a new generation to live in a diverse world.” The program produces a biannual publication, Teaching Tolerance magazine, which reaches more than 400,000 educators nationwide, as well as multimedia teaching kits, online curricula, and professional development resources. All of these are provided to educators at no cost. The Teaching Tolerance lesson kits contain reading materials and suggested classroom activities designed to steer K-12 students toward the conclusion that America is an inequitable, racist, and sexist society. As such, they bear the unmistakable imprint of Morris DeesClick here for examples of Teaching Tolerance’s classroom lessons.

The Spring 1998 edition of Teaching Tolerance magazine featured an interview with former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers, under the title “An Unconditional Embrace.” In the prologue to that interview, Ayers, who had become a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was described variously as “a highly respected figure in the field of multicultural education”; a man who “has developed a rich vision of teaching that interweaves passion, responsibility and self-reflection”; a professor who “helps aspiring teachers recognize and tap the potential of every child”; and someone who believes that “challenging stereotypes and reforming inner-city schools is as much about fighting for social justice as about improving the quality of teaching and learning.”

Nothing says ‘Tolerance’ like a guy who was named a domestic terrorist by the FBI for his love of attacking those who disagreed with him by setting bombs.

Group Snoop gives us this snippet, which seems to be the most straightforward description of what ‘Teaching Tolerance’ really is about:

The SPLC states that its Teaching Tolerance program “is working to foster school environments that are inclusive and nurturing – classrooms where equality and justice are not just taught, but lived.”[38] According to Jacob Laksin of Discover the Networks, however, “the program, far from a good-faith effort to instruct schoolchildren in the merits of tolerance, is designed to spread the virtues of political correctness among pupils while promoting liberal pieties among their teachers.”[39] 

Shorter: This arguably is a straight-up pipeline method and means for indoctrination and production of future activists.

This article is just part one. In part two, we’ll delve into how ‘Teaching Tolerance’ is aligning their content to the Common Core.

Many of the texts ‘Teaching Tolerance’ advocates are already on the Common Core Standards list of suggested reading.

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips:
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